What a Milestone! 100,000 Kids get Glasses in California
Vision To Learn celebrated an important benchmark in January: We provided the 100,000th pair of glasses to a student in California. We’re accomplishing our mission to provide millions of kids in the U.S. with the glasses they need to succeed, thanks to you!
In only our first school year in Pittsburgh Public Schools, Vision To Learn has provided 619 eye exams and 595 glasses to kids who need them. Third-grader Harder, left, said, “I feel so good. I want to wear my glasses all the time!”
In January, Vision To Learn launched in Grand Rapids at Aberdeen Elementary. Only three months into the program, Vision To Learn has already provided more than 450 eye exams and more than 380 glasses to Grand Rapids students.
To read more about the launch click here»
Vision To Learn took services statewide in Hawaiʻi this February. Working with Project Vision Hawaiʻi, which provides vision screenings to students, Hawaiʻi students have received more than 2,000 eye exams and 1,250 glasses. Hawaiʻi supporters include: The Atherton Foundation, the Castle Foundation, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, and Kamehameha School.
To date, Vision To Learn has provided kids with
194,054 eye exams and 153,773 glasses in
123 school districts and 13 states
Vision To Learn Can Make Population-Level Change
Jim Shelton, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and most recently head of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s education division, cites Vision To Learn as an example of how big-bet philanthropy can accelerate social mobility for many millions of people in need.
In a Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Jim Shelton writes: “Consider the example of Vision To Learn…it receives significant support from philanthropy, but also draws on public dollars from reimbursement by Medicaid and other government programs to sustain operations.”